There’s a perception in Silicon Valley that smart learning thermostat startup Nest created the world’s first connected and digital smart thermostat. While the Nest thermostat is gorgeous and potentially a game-changing, there’s dozens of companies that are making connected smart thermostats.
I snapped a dozen or so photos of some of these thermostat players (see below) at the DistribuTECH smart grid event in San Antonio, Texas this week. It’s clear from the buzz from big box retailers, utilities, startups, telcos and cable companies that 2012 is morphing into a break out year for the smart thermostat. I wrote a report on the battle for the smart thermostat for our premium research service GigaOM Pro (subscription required) this week, which provides an indepth look at the players around the smart thermostat and who I think will come out on top in 2012.